Apparently Martin said that,
I thought it was a curious statement and was wondering if other people agreed or disagree?
I happen to be very religious but I still don't agree with the statement. History does not necessarily have to dictate fantasy...and I've always felt that part of what makes fantasy so interesting is that it doesn't have to conform at all to our world so you can take it anywhere you want. Now religion can be a useful tool in world building...building up religions, using it to help build kingdoms, cities, people...but I don't feel it absolutely has to be done. You could absolutely write a non-religious world, I would think. Or the question doesn't have to feature at all, the existence of religion or the none-existence of it.
Er, for the record I'm not trying to get into a religious debate here . I'm only curios whether other people think it's true that religion of some kind *must* feature in fantasy.